“Chrome, Smoke and BBQ!” – My Summer Mixtape!

Chrome, Smoke and BBQ – Now, I might’ve borrowed the title from ZZ Top, but that’s where it stops for the band and me! (Resists the urge to act like a Rock Chick, or at a least a former Rock Chick!) I never was, and not for the lack of trying!

I love music, and in that way I suppose I’m truly unique! ;DΒ  One of my first few posts– Abba or Wham? You know who to blame! discusses how some of our earliest childhood memories were probably made to music that our parents enjoyed, and have left a lasting impression on the direction our own music choices would take. Music is, and has always been my greatest escape route – it’s the calmer of nerves, the settler of upsets, the maker of magic!

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I often think that music has gotten more important to me as I’ve ‘aged’. Not in a way that it is in our youth – you’re not feverishly in love with any one musician – (this premise is not applicable to an 80 year old singer whose last name is Cohen, for him my girlish devotion is endless)– but, generally speaking, you’ve formed your tastes and know what reaches you. And then you begin to layer those base notes with more! πŸ™‚Β  I often wonder if our territorial obsessiveness with our hobbies, music, movies, fiction have to do with escaping from the incessant chiming of smart phones and emails that require redress at 5 am? After all, one man’s 5 am is indeed another’s 11 in the world we wake in! Does being a film guru, an expert climber, an obsessive coffee brewer who takes over the whole process from scratch give us reprieve in a world where most of the day is accessed with the sweep of the mouse..and we stop periodically and think of the different ways we can access our senses – we garden, we bake, we craft, we paint. We pet the dog!Β  I often watch my husband dash to make it out of the door just before rush hour’s perverse Odyssey holds him hostage; I rush about organising housework and blogwork , ballet and swimming, playdates and homework all to the meticulous tick-tock’ing of a clock (well, I try) and I fear that there’ll come a time when we’ll inchworm home and be forced to reckon that deadlines, commintments, places to be are indeed the foremost reality of all our lives! Magic, romance, meaningful everydays’ are the stuff of urban myths…


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Amidst the scurrying and the scuttling, and the sharing and bartering of cheese; once in a way something comes along – a song, a book, a place, a new love – and we stand mesmerized- like a moment of hope in a dystopic film, in a space and time diffusion that draws us momentarily into the reverie of a life we want, we dream of. A feeling that immediately lifts us, albeit temporarily from the bills that needily beg our attention, the mail that needs sorting, the crushed bug under the couch, a carpet that needs hoovering-and settles us into aΒ  homeΒ  that holds a reverberating heart resonating with crackling fires and memorabilia connecting your past to this moment; of remembrances gone and good times to come -aΒ  gentle hand unveiling tomorrow as a bounding spool of thread. Yes, that’s what music does to me – fills me with ebullient optimism! Not for nothing that music has been an encompassing presence in almost every religious/philosophical persuasion! πŸ™‚


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Summer is probably when conviviality is at it’s peak ; and with the arrival ofthe Great British Summertime and a modicum of sunlight, we’ve got to be forced back indoors… nothing gives summer it’s due better than BBQ’s and Al Fresco dining! Hoildays and family time in the sun, buzzing with the excitement of something new and getting away from it all! (Do however prepare yourself to have to listen to BeyoncΓ© in a century-old street cafe in Bologna – for such is the curse of standardization and conformity! )

We’re starting off our own little celebration here at The Intrepid Misadventurer HQ – after all we, move on to Bournemouth in August, so every weekend is booked to be spent with friends we’re leaving behind! Here’s my playlist that will foreground my memories this summer – it showcases a few Indie/Folk Artists with a large presence! I hope that you’ll enjoy what’s been playing on loop for me! Those of you, who like me are quite passionate about ’80’s music, do listen ..most have a distinct retro vibe! (Argh, imagine calling the ’80’s retro!! )

I’m working on a few Indian-styled BBQ food posts (think Tikka Kebabs on skewers and Coriander-lemon-ginger King Prawns) in short, things that wash down well with beer! πŸ˜‰ Watch this (scrummy) space for more!

My 12″ of Summer! πŸ™‚


Β I would be chuffed to bits if you’d leave me your personal favourite track (feel free to also write about the memory that goes with it that makes it special)…I could be introduced to something new, or reminded of a song that’s got burried in time. It’s the closest thing to a ‘music swap’ which I would like to do once just for the sheer joy of i! πŸ˜‰ Anyhoo, for now.. let the music play on!


You might also enjoy some of my ‘real’ posts that are not influenced by sun, song or other such euphoriants!:)

Nature, Nurture and Apples falling from Trees!

Retro-Chic and the Cult of Neo-Sobriety!

My lovely bloggy friend Hannah over at Budding Smiles made a playlist too (some great songs!) If you’re as nuts about music as us – do check it out… πŸ™‚ x


  1. Kanchan Char says

    It never ceases to put a smile on my face when I have a new person on my blog! Thank you Adria, I’m glad you liked the post πŸ™‚ Music, laughter, food, family…all the most beautiful things in the world go so happily together, don’t they?! πŸ™‚ x

  2. says

    This is a brilliant post. I have such a crush on your writing – i just love your way with words. Anyway, believe it or not I used to be a DJ and electronic music was what did it for me – used to send me to other worlds. I don’t listen to music as much these days, and I don’t really know why either; words and stories tend to be my poison these days. X
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  3. Kanchan Char says

    I haven’t stopped blushing, Sadie! πŸ™‚ Thank you – coming from you, that’s a BIG compliment. I often think I get high on music, really, to a point of lowered inhibition, circumstantially unwarranted exhilaration – the whole gamut! I can quite easily picture you as a DJ, the passion you have in your writing could so easily play out in another creative space. You’re the second very eloquent, intelligent woman I’ve met this month who’d DJ’d in the past…Thank you for stopping by, always a pleasure to hear from you! x

  4. says

    I am looking forward to sitting down and listing to your mixtape when I have some time to savour it. Seems a little ironic that I don’t at the moment after you words about rushing about! I am not rushing as such, just busy with other plans that need my time at the mo. Sooooo on to music, I too love it, this is a lovely post. But what am I listening to? Enjoyed the Be Good Tanya’s in the car this week, reminds me of the folk festival we heard them play at live every time I listen to them. Also been listening to Paul Mealor, Emily Barker and Richard Hawley. I have so many favourites I won’t bore you with them. It definitely depends on the time of year, day and how I am feeling as to what I want to listen to……
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  5. Kanchan Char says

    Ooh nice selection you’ve got going there! πŸ™‚ Emily Barker is so folksy, love her Nostalgia! That’s one I’d like to see perform live. I totally agree, I make playlists by season and memory. Janis Joplin’s Summertime is an Autumn song for me, I always play it in time for the last falling of the leaves…Isn’t music just the best language to record life in?! :)x

  6. says

    Perfect, as always! I couldn’t be without music and I do confess to being a rock chick created in a melting pot with a few dashes of hippy and a glug of folk. I think that overall, the song I need in my life is ‘Here Comes the Sun’ and, unusually, I adore the Beatles and Nina Simone versions about equally. Ah, I could talk about music forever… Maybe I should change the theme of my blog!xx
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  7. Kanchan Char says

    I like your little cocktail of music genres, Hannah! πŸ™‚ I love Here comes the Sun and we sing it very loudly in the car, for some reason, that’s our car song! πŸ™‚ Sarah, my choices are also mood dependant, weather dependant…ah, so much choice! ; )

  8. says

    Awww! You made us a mixed tape (and made me have to get the dictionary out!) – lovely, lovely post. I feel a bit hopeful now too πŸ™‚ Great compilation. I have lots of favourite songs but, you know, I never listen to music anymore other than 6 music or Reuben’s (which sucks). 2 stand out as being favourites the first is 1234 by Feist which was my brother’s alarm clock when I stayed with him in Japan for 3 months – every morning at 6am! This is the only song that could get me up at that time without being angry, I’ll tell you. The other is The Night by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons – proper boogie song and it reminds me of my husband πŸ™‚ xxx
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  9. Kanchan Char says

    Big LOL about getting the dictionary out…I do tend to run away with my ideas, don’t I?! ;P Fiest 1234’s got such an 80’s vibe…Love it. Listening to it waking up in Japan, that is a story in itself! Frankie Valli is classic – it’s amazing how many new artists said they’ve been inspired by their music! Thank you for stopping by, I love hearing from you πŸ™‚ x

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    Before when my father is still an alcoholic (wow im saying that now like its so normal) my mother would blast radio to masked the sound of my father’s voice (he always shout expletives when he is drunk and we were really young) and I would hear Connie Francis, Sweet Caroline, Frank Sinatra and Tom Jones. They all reminds me of my youth in a room being protected from my father and yet all we could hear are his songs. Hmmmm maybe ill write a post about it =P #pocolo
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  11. says

    I do love Spotify for putting exploring different music genres and making playlists.I have lots and lots of favourites but I also like discovering new music.One band I discovered last year was Phosphorescent.Song for Zulu is my favourite track of theirs.
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  12. Kanchan Char says

    I’m glad you had something good come out of that experience, Merlinda! I remember my parents used to listen to Connie Francis, Milk and honey I think it was called, what a voice!! πŸ™‚

  13. Kanchan Char says

    I very recently came across Zulu, Aly…and must say I loved it! I love that there’s so much good music being produced, a lot by independant artists, and I love coming across them. At 37,I seem to still be very experimental about music! πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by! x

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